Mr. Dawnen Q Thomas

June 19, 1956 - March 29, 2022

Mr. Dawnen Q Thomas

June 19, 1956 - March 29, 2022


Dawnen Quillen Thomas was born June 19, 1956, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was the oldest of five siblings born to Ulicious and Lavette (Miller) Johnson.

He graduated from Talawanda High School in Oxford, OH. After completing high school, Dawnen enlisted in the United States Air Force on March 31, 1975.  He was honorably discharged on February 16, 1979.

Understanding the the love of God and His grace and mercy, Dawnen loved the Lord and accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.

Traveling, listening to blues and Jazz, playing basketball and football were some of Dawnen’s favorite past times.  He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was always the life of the party and enjoyed a good time.  Dawnen will be forever remembered for his sense of humor, giving heart, life lessons and love for family and friends. He was a talker and never met a stranger.

Dawnen worked for the Williams Company for more than fifteen years as a computer operator. While working for Williams, he completed college courses at Tulsa Community College.

After moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, he met Betty Harris.  They fell in loved and was married on October 1, 1988. To this union, one beautiful daughter was born, Ja’nae Tomas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ulicious Johnson and mother, Lavette (Miller) Johnson.

Cherishing his precious memories his loving wife, Betty Janelle Thomas; daughter, Ja’nae Dawn Thomas both of Tulsa, Oklahoma; siblings, Jerry Tyler Thomas, Pamel (David) Thomas Grant, Richard Byron Thomas and Steven Eric Johnson; along with nieces and nephews; Jason L. Thomas, Nicole (Brandon) Smith Byrd, Alisha (Kevin) Grant Thornberry; Rachel Grant all of Oxford, Ohio and Tessa Johnson of Florida; four great- nieces, Jayela Thomas, Nevaeh Edwards, Alexis Thornberry and Joyceanna Gaines; three great-nephews, Izaiah Thomas, Xavier Thornberry and Marcus Byrd.  And a host of cousins and lifelong friends.


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2 responses to Mr. Dawnen Q Thomas

  1. Frank Martin says:

    Recently found out about his passing…I remember him from my Tulsa days….
    GOOD GUY…….

  2. Billy Hines says:

    Mr. D, I’m sorry we didn’t get together more in these later years, but when we were young and our colors were bright, we burned that flame at full intensity. It was our world, everybody else was just living in it. You taught me a lot. The world is now a lesser place without your vibrant enthusiasm, stories, insight, and anger at the injustices of racism. I take some comfort in knowing that you’re with the Lord, and probably driving Ali and Muddy crazy with your stories and questions. I miss you, brother. Every day is a challenge now, knowing you’re gone.


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